"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."1
Dr. David Sylvester of Denton, Texas, shares how, during World War II, a young Jewish man known as Solomon, his wife, and sons Jacob and David were subjected to the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp. Prisoners were forced to work torturous hours in the fields, or were burned to death in the ovens if found to be of little or no value as a worker. Little David had an injured leg, which required a brace rendering him unable to work in the fields.
Upon his arrival from work, Solomon inquired of Jacob as to the whereabouts of his younger son, David, and the boys' mother. Jacob whimpered, "The soldiers came to take David to the ovens, and Mother went with him so that he would not have to go alone."
Many of our Daily Encounter readers may be in places where they fear for their life, and until recently we, in America, thought we lived in safety without terror, but those days have changed forever. No matter what happens to us, as Christians we have the promise that God is with us no matter what ... even through the valley of the shadow of death. For He promised: "'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'"2
Suggested prayer, "Dear God, thank You that no matter where I am or in what circumstances I find myself, You are always with me and will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Psalm 23:4 (NIV).
2. Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV).